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Shocking is not even a word close to describing the effect this movie had on me. What a waste of time and money. That I managed to hear virtually nothing about before I watched it is amazing. I'm sure there is a fan-base for this kind of thing but I'm not it.
Evidently the writers of this crap got the idea from a statement one of them made about sewing the lips of a pedophile to someones ass. You know, if they had actually used a pedophile-like character in the string I might have been more receptive. As it was, the victims were just people gathered in by the mad-doctor. It was senseless torture with absolutely no point. I had no character to sympathize with. Nobody was developed enough to give me a feeling of anything but grossness. Whether or not the procedure was even medically possible doesn't even matter to me. Once I saw where it was going I realized that the chain was going to die from the back to the front and that was all. What a stupid idea!
And then they made a second one!
The Devil Inside (2012)
Way Too Typical
When I first saw a Preview for The Devil Inside I got excited. I love this type of film and really looked forward to seeing it. The reviews started coming and my hopes started dropping. When I finally curled up in the theater to watch it my disappointment was probably visible to everyone.
I'm forty-five years old and have watch a lot of scary/horror/possession films in my life. The Devil Inside looked like it was simply a remake of the best moments of all the films that came before it. There was absolutely nothing original about this film including the Blair Witch camera work. What a waste of my time and money.
Megan Is Missing (2011)
A bit over-done but effective ***Possible Spoiler***
I really hated this movie. The acting was horrible for the most part and it took me 24 hours to get through the last 10 minutes. My preferred horror story is along the lines of Hostel and Saw... senseless and gory and "unbelievably" violent. When a movie rubs up against a truly possible reality it makes me sick.
Personal feelings aside I rated this a 7. In spite of the crappy acting the main characters were well thought out and the storyline itself moved along decently. Megans background was crafted to reflect the, sadly, typical childhood and home-life that leads young girls to be open to forming friendships with people they know nothing about. Unfortunately once the news clips started rolling I lost the sense of realism. According to the Principal and friends that were interviewed Megan was an "A" student and a real community asset. What?! Not likely. Victims of child-abuse rarely spend their teen years being "joiners" and role-models. Judging from the group of friends Megan had and the life-style they all participated in, not one of those kids was anything close to a community asset.
The finale, while ultimately sickening, was over-done. I appreciate the effect of letting my mind show me what the camera wasn't. The images I have produced will stay with me forever and I can't scrub them away. The brick underground cell along with the collar and chains was a little over-the-top for me. It just seemed too standard. The hijacking of Billy and using it to torture Amy was a nice touch though. All the digging and Amy's voice rambling non-stop was also very effective. Once the killer was finished though he turns and walks away into the encroaching daylight?? So he was outside? All that screaming and crying was done outside? That knocked the reality out of it for me. Who is going to do that outside? I was left with a feeling of non-belief.
Internet stalking is a very real terror and I applaud the makers of this film for tackling the task. The movie left me ill and wanting to scrape my brain clean.